Essential begins rolling out Android 8.1 Oreo to the Essential Phone

Essential catches quite a bit of criticism for a ton of different things, but they’ve managed to break a milestone and beat out a ton of other bigger companies in the process. Yep, the Essential Phone will be among the first non-Google devices to receive the Android 8.1 Oreo update.

Essential announced on Twitter that the update is currently rolling out to all devices after a period of intense insider and beta testing. It’s also a leap frog update, upgrading the Essential Phone from Android 7.1 Nougat to Android 8.1 Oreo, skipping 8.0 completely.

This update brings speed improvements, picture-in-picture mode, revamped notifications, and everything else from the last two versions of Android. Since Essential doesn’t apply much of a skin to their device you won’t see any third-party features, but Google did enough with Oreo to make that easier to swallow.

Now let’s just hope Android P sees a speedy update like this, too.